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August 31, 2009

UAW = Unions Accepting Welfare

by Brad Warbiany

Hmm, I guess we can see once again that our Congress is not in any way trying to manage our car companies (and their unions) for political gain:

The latest example is the $10 billion taxpayers will be asked to shell out to prop up the United Auto Workers’ retiree health insurance program.

That provision is tucked deep into the bill passed by the House.

In effect, it would ask every taxpayer, regardless of whether they’ll have health insurance coverage themselves after they retire — and most won’t — to chip in to maintain the UAW’s coverage, which even after the union’s givebacks is still better than what the average American worker receives.

The helping hand is a recognition by Congress that the union’s volunteer employee benefit association, or VEBA, can’t possibly stay solvent if it is asked to cover all of the union workers taking early buyouts from the Detroit automakers.

So the union’s supporters added language to the House’s gargantuan health care bill that requires the federal government to pick up most of the cost of catastrophic claims for union retirees age 55 to 64.

The biggest beneficiary would be the UAW, which got $60 billion from the Big Three in exchange for taking on the obligation for retiree health care.

I don’t suppose I’ll be getting a gift basket from the UAW thanking me for my generosity. I’ll bet quite a few Congressmen will, though.

Hat Tip: John Stossel

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  1. Well I guess that helps explain why Unions have been bussing in members to town hall meetings where their members are NOT constituents of the politician on the hot seat with his or her constituents at that town hall – in order to harass, intimidate, shout down, and in an instance or two even resort to violence.

    Special goodies hidden in the 1000 page crapfest, for special interests – another Union payoff, just like the auto takeover. Gee what a surprise. Chicago street politics being played out on a national scale.

    Comment by southernjames — September 1, 2009 @ 8:08 am
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